Is This New Bedford Dog’s ‘Jesus’ Painting a Sign From Above?
It was a Sunday evening, I was just getting ready to close up shop at the house and set the alarm when I saw the most beautiful sight.
A few days ago, I jumped on the TikTok trend #PeanutButterPaintings that asks your fur babies to paint a portrait by the power of peanut butter persuasion. The process is very simple:
- Pick up a small blank canvas (Michael's or Ocean State Job Lot should do the trick) that will easily fit inside of a large Ziplock bag.
- Choose your favorite paint colors and add/splatter it onto the painting, but don't overdo it. Leave some room for "white space" so that the paint doesn't just bleed together.
- Before placing the canvas into the Ziplock bag, spread some peanut butter on one side of the Ziplock bag that's going to go on top of the paint.
- Carefully place the canvas with paint on it inside of the Ziplock bag and close it securely.
- Place it somewhere on the ground that won't be a problem if peanut butter gets on it.
- Let your dog, cat, etc. lick the peanut butter until it's gone.
- Take the canvas out of the Ziplock and, voila, your pet is now a modern-day Picasso.
Now that you're up to speed on how the trend works, it's time to dive into the real topic at hand: my dog Bella. She's a Collie mix out of New Bedford who is just shy of 10 years old. She's not only a gentle soul and the "goodest" of dogs, but I was today years old when I found out how talented she truly is.
Apparently, when she painted her artwork, I set it out to dry and never really got a chance to see what she had accomplished. Not to get punny, but holy smokes was I blown away. Right from at first sight, I noticed some very prominent figures within the art itself. Before I get into detail, here's a close-up of her masterpiece:
Two things appeared to me in the painting: one was an angel and the other was Jesus. Don't ask me what made me think of Jesus, but it was my first instinct and now I can't seem to clear it from my thoughts.
What I'm visualizing is an angel giving Jesus a heart shape of sorts, and Jesus is down on one knee accepting it. Again, my imagination is wild in general, so don't ask how I came to the conclusion that I did. The wings of the angel are to the right and the long hair and cloth that Jesus is often depicted wearing can be seen to the left.
I outlined my vision roughly to make it a little easier to see:
In between the face of Jesus and the heart shape is a circle that, to me, is a reference to the sun, which some may view as the Almighty God.
Now, opinions are a dime a dozen and Michael Rock and Maddie just so happened to see something different that blew my mind. Maddie saw a butterfly, which is in the same position as my angel, and Michael saw a camel. What I'm about to show you, from his brain to yours, is quite entertaining and very visual.
He sees an artist, with long hair, painting a camel that appears to be out of a Pixar or Disney cartoon – and I have to say, he's not wrong:
We posted the original painting to Fun 107's Instagram to see what our listeners saw and the results are right down the middle: Jesus and the Angel vs. the Painter and the Camel.
The real question I have in mind is, how much is this worth? Obviously, it's a priceless portrait that I'll treasure forever, but hey, if the price is right, I'd be open to selling Bella's beautiful masterpiece.
Have an opinion? See something different or perhaps the same? Drop me an email, I'd love to chat further about the painting at Gazelle@Fun107.com.
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